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Cyber Debate Comes to D.C. Thanks to Neustar

Intelligence Squared U.S. (IQ2US), an Oxford-style debate series and initiative of The Rosenkranz Foundation, is coming to Washington, D.C. to host its first ever debate outside of New York City.

On June 8, IQ2US will present a special live debate from Washington D.C.’s Newseum. With corporate underwriting support from Neustar, Inc., the debate will consider the motion, The Cyber War Threat Has Been Grossly Exaggerated.

“It’s the great strategic irony of the last twenty years,” said Robert Rosenkranz, founder of Intelligence Squard U.S.  “Our commitment to and mastery of digital technologies has in certain respects played into the hands of our enemies. Our cyber sophistication has made us vulnerable to those who look to exploit the Internet to plan for and attack America. Might we need to sacrifice openness to protect America? This and other critical questions will be considered during our debate in Washington.”

“It is heartening to see that the challenges and threats in the cyber security arena are now in everyday discussion and that a public debate can garner such wide interest,” said Jeff Ganek, CEO of Neustar. “We are proud to sponsor Intelligence Squared U.S. in Washington, DC – and a debate on this topic in particular – because it offers a civil and smart forum to consider one of the most critical issues of our day.

Debating for the motion will be Marc Rotenberg, Exec Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and Adjunct Professor of Information Privacy Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Bruce Schneier, internationally renowned security technologist and author; publisher of monthly newsletter Crypto-Gram, Chief Security Technology Officer of BT.

Debating against the motion are Vice Admiral (ret.) Mike McConnell, Director of the NSA 1992-96; Director of National Intelligence 2007-2009; currently senior VP at Booz Allen and Jonathan Zittrain, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; co-founder and faculty co-director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

WAMU 88.5 will offer coverage of the debate. More than 220 public radio stations air the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series.

Bloomberg Television will air the event on Monday, June 14, 2010.

John Donvan, correspondent for ABC News Nightline, serves as moderator of the program executive produced by Dana Wolfe.

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